Zora Crew

“It doesn’t matter where you are going, it’s who you have beside you.”


We are Rhys & Niamh, a couple with a penchant for adventure and a mission to see the world. We bought Zora in January 2018, and have worked tirelessly since then to get her ready for a voyage around the world while sharing the knowledge and experiences we gain through video and photos. We hope you follow our journey as we re-build Zora and experience the wonders of (hopefully) her countless sailing voyages. So let us introduce ourselves fully …..


Rhys (Skipper)
Hi im Rhys and I am skipper of Sailing Yacht Zora. I also am a photographer, engineer and adventurer. My obsession with boats really came from a young age, and I love the idea of freedom the boating life has and the opportunities to travel that it gives. My sailing history is vast and in 2017 I undertook my biggest passage to date; the transatlantic as crew on An Gobadain. I learnt so much first had experience on that passage and it really infused my passion for sailing and to own my own boat. Having my own boat was always a dream, and Zora was love at first sight. A project boat, a boat so grand in stature, a boat that would supply endless memories for us. I cant wait to see the world and experience new places and new cultures. Even to sail around Ireland and re-discover my home land is a dream. Yes, i wont lie the journey has been tough, the long days endless, investing huge amount of time and money but it will be worth it to sail into the sunset, sand between my toes (when I am not wearing Crocs, yes i am a fan ) and just be in my favorite place; the helm of Zora.

What I Enjoy: Taking a part and fixing things, cars, sailing, photography, hiking and slowing enjoying to swim in the sea. Getting to meet avid sailors and like minded people throughout the boat build.

Niamh (First Mate)
Firstly let me introduce myself. My name is Niamh (Knee-eve) and I am first mate of Sailing Yacht Zora and perhaps most importantly Rhys number one adventure other half.Do I come from a boating background? Not particularly, apart from my Father who is an avid sailor with several round Ireland races as both crew and organizer under his belt, I don’t have much experience with the boating world. I guess I was thrown into the deep end of it, meeting Rhys (what to learn more how we met? Read more here ). I love to travel and explore different places and I can not wait to take to the sea, set sail and experience all new cultures and make memories for life along side Rhys. I know i have a lot yet to learn and a lot to master in the world of sailing, but I am keen to learn and ready for the wave ahead. Our journey with Zora has been quite a story to tell so far, its been two years of hard work, sacrifices and long days but we can not wait to sit back and relax , it will all be worth it.

What I Enjoy: Hiking, free-diving, working out and I am slowly teaching myself how to use my Nikon camera to capture all the moments yet to come. Also love sunrises and sunsets and cant wait to experience them in all new countries along our travels.


Want to know more? Shoot me us an email or catch us on Instagram.We love to hear from fellow sailors, boat builders and avid travelers about their experiences.